- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A man who bolted from a Minneapolis courtroom just as he was found guilty of attempted murder was arrested Friday morning, police said.

Authorities said Michael David Henderson, 25, of Richfield, fled while the verdict was being read Thursday afternoon.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said Henderson was acting fidgety as the sentence was being read in the courtroom, WCCO-TV reported. Henderson had not been handcuffed or shackled in court.

Three deputies were in court at the time, Stanek said. Henderson jumped the railing, and a deputy grabbed him, the sheriff said. One deputy was hurt.

Henderson managed to flee down a stairwell and disappear from the Hennepin County Government Center, said Jennifer Johnson, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.



Stanek said there was no indication that more deputies were needed in this case.

“We’ve had a number of (escape) attempts, but this is the first one that’s been successful,” Stanek said. “We see 35,000 inmates through here a year. This was an anomaly.”

The sheriff’s office issued a statement saying Minneapolis police officers captured Henderson about 7 a.m. Friday on a residential block in south Minneapolis.

Authorities said Friday at a news conference that a citizen saw Henderson sleeping in a car and called police, KSTP-TV reported. The tipster reportedly didn’t know the man was Henderson at the time of the call.

A $5,000 reward had been offered for information leading to Henderson’s arrest.

Henderson was found guilty of robbing a Sam’s Club store in Bloomington last March and pointing a pistol at employees. He allegedly pulled the trigger but the gun didn’t fire. Authorities said he also tried to carjack a number of vehicles at gunpoint during his getaway from that incident.

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